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Tag: personalities

November 21, 2017

Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times examines Archilochus’ concept of ‘foxes’ and ‘hedgehogs and applies such to modern day personalities   According to the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing.” Isaiah Berlin explored this premise in greater detail in his 1953 essay The Hedgehog and the Fox and identified ‘hedgehogs’ … Continue reading “Modern Day Foxes and Hedgehogs”

December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

by Matthew Steeples

Thoughts for the year ahead   2013 has not been the best of years. We’ve lost Margaret Thatcher and Sir David Frost and the word “selfie” has entered the Oxford English Dictionary. The economy has not got better – despite the nonsense spouted on the BBC – and the slaying of Private Rigby summed up … Continue reading “Goodbye 2013”

September 13, 2013

Finding the truth of Fernbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Now is the time to progress Operation Fernbridge   Some will say he’s dead and unable to defend himself but now that the Metropolitan Police have confirmed that Sir Cyril Smith visited the Elm Guest House in Barnes, it truly is time that a proper investigation into him and the other paedophiles who allegedly abused … Continue reading “Finding the truth of Fernbridge”

June 20, 2013

What an Oddjob

by Matthew Steeples

Bill Oddie defends Rolf Harris   “Personalities” from the 1980s seem to like making odd statements about paedophilia and sexual abuse. First it was William Roache and then came Jim Davidson and Max Clifford. All three have since been arrested and more recently Jeremy Irons and now Bill Oddie have stuck their oars in too. … Continue reading “What an Oddjob”

May 21, 2013

The tribes looking for CFS

by Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker goes in search of the ten tribes paying homage to a centenary of flower power at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show   Yesterday I attended the press day for the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show. Gnomes have been allowed for the first time, but many of the celebrities who attend … Continue reading “The tribes looking for CFS”

March 30, 2013

A kangaroo court

by Matthew Steeples

The latest arrest in Operation Yewtree illustrates the muddle that this investigation has become   British newspapers have decided not to name the 82-year old “celebrity” arrested in Berkshire on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree.   The political blog Guido Fawkes and other news sources have decided to name the individual, … Continue reading “A kangaroo court”

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

March 11, 2013

Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks journalist and author Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To learn from history – in all senses of the word – but listen to the needs of the present.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake

by Matthew Steeples

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.

Barbara Walters

by Matthew Steeples

This dynamic American television personality and author was one of the first women to work in “hard news” and is best known for having hosted the Today show, the ABC Evening News, The View and 20/20. She grew up “in awe” of the famous people her father, a Broadway producer and nightclub owner, introduced her … Continue reading “Barbara Walters”

November 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

November 13, 2012

Michael Collins: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks molecular cuisine guru and managing director of Bubble Food Michael Collins: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Passion and creativity.                                                                                         “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great … Continue reading “Michael Collins: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 8, 2012

Nad’s not that Mad

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that Nadine Dorries is perhaps right to head for the jungle   Don’t get me wrong: I think Nadine Dorries is an utter loon. For those who haven’t heard of her, she’s the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire and a bit of a mouthpiece. Her entry on our roll call attracted over 8,000 hits … Continue reading “Nad’s not that Mad”

May 13, 2012

Peter Wetherell

by Matthew Steeples

He’s the gent who successfully led the campaign against Westminster Council’s ludicrous attempt to expand parking charges in the West End. He’s also Mayfair’s leading estate agent and the man credited with bringing residential life back to the area. He’s well known for wearing red socks and for his love of cigars.

May 11, 2012

Terry Venables

by Matthew Steeples

“El Tel” is best known as a footballer manager but he’s a man of many talents. Few know that this national team manager of England (1994 to 1996) also co-authored four novels with Gordon Williams and was the co-creator of the ITV detective series Hazell. A Chelsea resident, he’s often to be found at Motcomb’s, … Continue reading “Terry Venables”

May 7, 2012

Jonathan Yeo

by Matthew Steeples

There is barely anyone this contemporary portraist hasn’t painted. George W. Bush, David Cameron, Minnie Driver, Prince Philip, Paris Hilton and Rupert Murdoch all number amongst his subjects. The son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, he’s now made it his mission to poke fun at the politicians and personalities he depicts and even went as … Continue reading “Jonathan Yeo”

April 22, 2012

A Thunderbird that has yet to go

by Matthew Steeples

An iconic home that has periodically been for sale for some 7 years with hardly any variation in the price asked for it

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